Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Mark Wahlberg reportedly refused to OK Christopher Plummer unless he was paid $1.5 million

Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.

Wahlberg had co-star approval in his contract, two people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tell USA TODAY.

“What he said was, ‘I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.’ And that’s how he (expletive) them,” says one person.

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly earned $ 1.5 million for All the Money reshoot, while Michelle Williams got $ 1,000

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The news comes as the pay gap between Wahlberg and Williams spirals into a war of words over what was or was not in their contracts.

The Wrap reported Thursday that Wahlberg, who was paid $ 1.5 million for his All the Money in the World reshoots over the Thanksgiving holiday, did not have reshoots included in his contract and was therefore able to negotiate more pay for his extra time.

Williams reportedly received one per cent of the $ 1.5 million Wahlberg earned for reshooting “All the Money in the World.” (The Canadian Press)

The Wrap said Williams’ contract included reshoots, contributing to why she was paid just an $ 80 per diem for her time. That works out to Williams being paid less than one-tenth of 1 per cent of her male co-star.

But a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tells USA TODAY that is incorrect. Both actors had reshoots in their contracts and both actors were in Europe filming for approximately the same number of days.

Ridley Scott’s Getty kidnapping drama was hastily reshot the week of Thanksgiving after a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations were made public against Spacey, who had starred in the drama as billionaire J. Paul Getty.

Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by WME. Actors pay a team of agents, managers and lawyers an average of 10 per cent of their salaries to advocate for them. Talent agencies commonly argue it’s their fiduciary duty to get the best monetary outcomes for their clients.

In August, Forbes named Wahlberg the highest-paid actor of the year, calculating his pre-tax and prefee earnings at $ 68 million.

Williams previously told USA TODAY that when Scott’s team called to request her time for the reshoot, “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly refused to OK Christopher Plummer unless he was paid $1.5 million